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Thread: Must purchase new vac for fiberglass pool- Suggestions Pls.

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    Must purchase new vac for fiberglass pool- Suggestions Pls.

    We have a fairly small pool so it doesn't take too much to clean it however using the standard pole and this sort of vacuum head isn't cutting it anymore. http://cdn.lesliespool.com/wimages/p...09.jpg?300x300 My teenagers swimming around the bottom with the hose seems to be the best way to clean any sand and debris.

    I'd like to purchase an automatic suction type vacuum that I can let do it's thing without babysitting but not anything too expensive either. I can plug into my skimmer fairly easily, I believe.

    I was reading about a Kreepy Krauly (model 42) but I'm not sure how that will work on my stairs where the water returns are and the water depth is shallow as it seems to be a "tall" sort of design. Thoughts?

    I've also read about "the pool cleaner" vacuum(more expensive) but it sounds like it could have trouble running on the fiberglass. I see they sell another set of tires but at an additional cost so then the vacuum becomes unreasonable.

    I'm not set on either of those vacuums or brands, just really would love to hear what works for others on fiberglass and seem to be spinning my wheels.

    Thank you!
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    Re: Must purchase new vac for fiberglass pool- Suggestions Pls.

    for you moppymo. We haven't forgotten about you. We have tons of members with robotic cleaners. I'm sure someone will chime-in with a suggestion soon.
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    Re: Must purchase new vac for fiberglass pool- Suggestions Pls.

    I have a fiberglass pool also and use the Dolphin Nautilus and love it. It is self-contained (just throw it in and plug it in). The problem is I don't exactly know what your budget is. I bought a Nautilus for around $600 and it is worth every penny. It cleans the bottom stairs and up to the toe ledge pretty much all the way around. There are certainly cheaper models that only do the floors but I researched for months and finally decided on the Dolphin.

    I hear(read) good things about a few other models on here (do a search). But without adding an extra pump for a suction side cleaner, you are somewhat stuck with a self-contained robot, unless you want to hook into the skimmer, which is not an option for me. Hope this helps
    15,000 gallon free form Viking fiberglass pool. Hayward Star-Clear Plus C12002 cartridge filter. Hayward Swim Pure Plus T-15 SWG. Testing with TF-100 Kit. 2 speed 1.5HP Supreme pump. Dolphin Nautilus robotic cleaner

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    Re: Must purchase new vac for fiberglass pool- Suggestions Pls.

    sorry, double post
    15,000 gallon free form Viking fiberglass pool. Hayward Star-Clear Plus C12002 cartridge filter. Hayward Swim Pure Plus T-15 SWG. Testing with TF-100 Kit. 2 speed 1.5HP Supreme pump. Dolphin Nautilus robotic cleaner

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    Re: Must purchase new vac for fiberglass pool- Suggestions Pls.

    I had a Kreepy krauly (not sure the model). Decent enough about half the time, but the smallest stick or leaf could stop it.

    Moppy, are you near Charlotte? If so you are welcome to borrow mine and try it out and see how it fairs. Our shallow end never got cleaned as the tube didn't quite reach...

    I am looking long and hard at a Poolvergnuegen or the POlaris 360(Our pool has a pressure line for installed for this).
    Let us know what you get and how well it works !
    pH = 7.25
    Custom concrete oblong shaped pool with waterfall
    18,000 gallons
    Sta-rite filter
    My circupool SWG exploded.

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    Re: Must purchase new vac for fiberglass pool- Suggestions Pls.

    I have a FB pool and I purchased one of these Amazon.com : Water Tech Pool Blaster Max : Swimming Pool Handheld Vacuums : Patio, Lawn Garden It isn't automated, but if you have a small pool, it takes no time at all (It takes me less than 10 minutes to vacuum). I have thought about automated options, but with that small amount of time, I have opted to do it manually and not have to look at anything spoiling the view of my crystal clear water!
    5900 G Fiberglass IG pool (circa 1990), SWG Hayward Aqua Rite GoldLine (2013), IntelliFlo Variable Speed Pump (2013), Hayward Pro Sand Filter (circa 1990), Well water (no iron or other metals fortunately), test with Taylor K2006C, Charleston, SC

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